Alex Mincek (born 1975) is a New York-based composer and performer. He studied composition with Tristan Murail and Fred Lerdahl at Columbia University and with Nils Vigeland at the Manhattan School of Music, where he received a Master of Arts. As a performer, he studied saxophone with Richard Oatts at Manhattan School of Music (Bachelor of Arts) and with Bunky Green at the University of North Florida.
Mincek’s music has been performed at major music festivals, including Festival Présences of Radio France, Voix Nouvelles at the Abbaye de Royaumont, Festival des Musiques Démesurées, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD), Contempuls Festival in Prague, and the Ostrava New Music Days. Mincek has collaborated with groups including the Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Ensemble Cairn, Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble, the Janecek Philharmonic, Talea Ensemble, the Kenners and the JACK Quartet. Mincek’s music has also been recognized through commissions and grants from the New Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra-Leipzig, Ensemble XXI in Dijon, Present Music, MATA, the French Ministry of Culture, Meet The Composer, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Due East, ASCAP and the National Endowment for the Arts. Mincek is the artistic director of the Wet Ink Ensemble, a group dedicated to experimental contemporary music, which he founded in 1998.
Alex Mincek appears in the following:
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
"One of the more salient features of this quartet is the use of what I can best describe as “sonic fields.” A sonic field is a network of musical gestures perceived most immediately as a generalized musical texture. However, over time the listener is able to bounce back and forth from the recognition of the unique parts and the undifferentiated whole.